Friday, August 22, 2008

Cooking Lessons

I've said it a million times, I do not like to cook, therefore I cook as little as possible. I just can't be bothered with all the details involved in making a gourmet meal. I can hardly bother myself with the details involved in cooking macaroni and cheese, for that matter.

Well, I also happen to be extremely spoiled, because I am married to a man who loves to cook. And he's good at it. And nothing gives him more joy than all the details involved in making a gourmet meal.

Except, he also teaches high school and middle school and plays in the Shakespearean Festival and conducts the local orchestra on Thursday nights and teaches at the University. And school has now started, so guess who's been stuck making dinner every night this week?

Me. That's who. The chica who can't be bothered. I exhausted my possibilities of easy meals which require no forethought by Tuesday. So on Wednesday, we had the dollar menu at Wendy's (I have choir that night and really, it was just the only thing that would work for dinner). By last night, I had no idea what I should make to feed my family.

So, I did what any housewife who hates cooking does, and called my husband to beg him to make dinner. Unfortunately, he wasn't going to have enough time. So I did the second best thing and begged him to tell me what on earth to make.

He told me to do Teriyaki chicken. My heart was immediately stricken with worry, because I have never made that before. So, he very sweetly walked me through it on the phone and I got to work.

When he got home, I was just cutting the chicken into strips and putting it in the wok. I thought I was doing such a great job, but he immediately fixed all my mistakes and told me he was going to have to give me cooking lessons. Don't worry though, he didn't hurt my feelings. First of all, it's true. And second of all, he made sure to add that there were plenty of things I could be giving him lessons about.

Like doing the dishes. I'm a champ at that.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. How funny that we're SO different in this area. You are the Drew in this spot. :) Nice of Joel though. Perhaps he should stock up on casseroles when he's gonna be extra busy. ;)

  2. Two Words: Crock Pot.

    Seriously, cook in the crock pot...

    Here are some easy ideas that I do:

    1--BBQ chicken or pork sandwiches. Take boneless skinless chicken breasts, or boneless pork ribs and throw them in with some chopped onions and garlic. Cook on high for 4 hours, or low all day. About an hour before serving dump a bottle of your favoirte BBQ sause on and reserve a bit for the table. Serve on warm, toasted buns or rolls....very good, and makes great leftovers.

    2--Best Beef Stew. Get some stew meat cubes and brown them in a skillet with a choppen onion and some garlic. When the cubes are nicely brown, throw them in the pot. Add a can of cream of mushroom soup with a can of water, and any other veggies you like: carrots, green beans, corn, celery, potatoes etc. Cook on high 4 hours or all day on low. Serve over instant food storage mashed potatoes or with crusty bread.

    3--Green Chili Chicken or Pork. Again take boneless/skinless chicken breasts, or bonless pork ribs and throw them in the pot. Add 2, 4oz cans of mild green chili, 1 chopped onion and 2 cloves of garlic. Also you can add green bell peppers, and a jar of green salsa if you want. Cook on high for 4 hours or all day on low....serve with tortillas, rice, beans, and other condiments of your choice....very easy, very good!!

    Ok, that should set you up for a few dinners, I'll come back later with more. :)

  3. Hey, I should come down and we freeze a bunch of dinners again, what do you say??? Love you, you two are perfect for each other, it called dancing together without stepping on each others toes!

  4. I'm another blessed woman married to a man who loves to cook, and he's great at it. Only trouble here is that he is in Iraq for a year. My girls have to eat, so I'm just doing my best. Hopefully, by the time he comes home we'll be a two cooks family!

  5. I've often thought that it would be ideal to pair up with someone who was good at doing the dishes. I'm not so good at that, but love to cook. Do you want to move to CO and live next door and clean up? I promise to cook every night!

    Hope the lessons go well!

  6. I could picture this while I read it. :) You guys are the best!

  7. Here's the easiest recipe ever and it's even quite special!

    2 ingredients,that's all:

    Take a whole chicken, place an onion in the cavity, sprinkle seasonings over it, wrap it in foil. Place it in a baking dish and bake it for an hour at 375degrees. If you place baked potatoes in the oven about a half-hour before, you have a delicious meal along with a salad. And it smells like a sunday dinner cooking in the oven!
    It's soo easy.

  8. Oh-forgot to sign. Mom Neves

  9. The best cook book I bought was 4 Ingredients or less. this book saved me many times. Here is one
    Chicken cordon blue.
    What you will need
    Breasted chicken
    swiss cheese
    sliced cheese
    and bread crumbs (remember 4 ingredients or less)

    Cut the chicken in half the long ways, place the cheese and the ham in it. and place the chicken in the bread crumbs (you can also dip the chicken in butter if the crumb don't stay on. Put it on the oven for 375 for 30 min or untill you chicken is not pink. love it.

  10. I won't offer any recipes right now, because I hate to cook when I'm pregnant. Normally, I cook most every night, but we've been looking in the freezer quite a bit these days.

    You two are like yin & yang. Someones got to be better at one thing than the other.

  11. It is so nice to have a husband that cooks. I am so glad for mine, because I to am not that great

  12. OH to have a man that cooked! Now THAT would be heaven.

    I'm alright at cooking, yet, each evening as dinner approaches, I kinda hate it..... it's a lot of work. Maybe too much...

  13. Oh man, I feel your pain! If Dustin is out of town, I am stricken with worry thinking about what I am going to feed everyone. We seriously eat cereal at least one night, breakfast for dinner a few nights -- waffles, pancakes, eggs, french toast. . ., leftovers, Chick Fil-A, quesadillas, spaghetti and meat sauce and that's about all I can make. Good luck!